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the Independent - Anthony Rose

2012 Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. £8, Asda

Spicy in aroma with bright, fresh cherryish fruit; veneer of oak vanilla

2010 Vereto Salice Salentino. £10.99 buy 2 = £8.99, Majestic

silky black cherry fruitiness with a hint of raisin; exuberantly juicy

2005 Contino Rioja, Alavesa. £23, Marks & Spencer

smooth raspberry quality and infused with light smoke and vanilla

the Observer - David Williams

Three Choirs Late Harvest, England 2011 (£15.99, The Wine Pantry)

sweet sticky siegerrebe, harvested late into 2011

Biocantina Giannattasio Bombino Bianco, Puglia Italy 2012 (£15, Vini Italiani)

herbs, flowers, and lime so pure they could have been distilled

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Supérieur, France 2010 (£7.99, Majestic)

juicy blackcurrant framed by trademark Bordelais freshness

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Aldi Extra Dry Prosecco (£15.99 magnum; 11% abv)

attractively creamy; looks just as impressive as champagne

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (£13.99 Sainsbury 13.5% abv)

tastes and looks much more impressive in magnum

Domaine du Haut Bourg 2009 Muscadet Signature (£26 Sommelier's Choice; 12% abv)

The most unusual magnum I've tasted this year is superb

Cune Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2001 (13.5% abv; £46.99 magnum)

splendid; a fine vintage that's now hard to find anywhere

Les Coteaux Schisteux Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages (14.5% abv; £20.99 magnum)

from the excellent 2010 vintage; perfect for Christmas lunch

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

PELLER ICE CUVRE SPARKLING (£25.80, Luvians, Cupar; winedirect.co.uk)

luscious feel which gives this fizz an unusual textural smoothness

BACHELDER THE WISMER WINFIELD CHARDONNAY 2010 (£46.99, Lockett Bros; Fine Wine Co)

plush richness of fruit, tight flinty, stony minerality

NORMAN HARDIE PINOT NOIR 2011 (£19.50, The Wine Society)

complex aromas, broad mid-palate and subtle oak notes

MEYER FAMILY REIMER VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2011 (Around £20, Ellis of Richmond)

beautifully-made dense, ripe, lush, elegant, Okanagan pinot noir

LE CLOS JORDANNE PINOT NOIR 2009 (£29.99, Fine Wine Co; Ellies Cellars; Deeside Drinks)

Deep, rich, red fruits, minerally – with a distinct Burgundian textural feel

PELLER RIESLING ICEWINE 2007 (£38.56 hf bt, Morrisons; Luvians; winedirect.co.uk)

purity of fruit and balance

INNISKILLEN RIESLING ICEWINE 2008 (£53 hf bt, Raeburn Wines; drinksdirect.co.uk)

superb balance of rich, citric fruits, sweetness acidity

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Antique Amontillado Fernando de Castilla, (handford, £26.99/50cl)

dry with lingering, complex notes of gently spiced orange peel

Finest Fino Sherry Bodegas Barbadillo, Spain (Tesco, £6.40/50cl)

packed with tangy flavour – preserved lemons, fresh bread and green olives

Waitrose in Partnership Dry Oloroso Solera Reserva Lustau (Waitrose, £9.75)

toasted nuts, raisins, figs and black coffee, rendered dry but complex

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011 South Africa. £8.49 Majestic

smoky aromas, deep plum fruit and a sleek texture

Aldi Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay 2012. £6.99

Plum, peachy drop fleshed out with nutty and sweet oak

Alconte Crianza Montecrasto Ribera del Duero 2009. £15.95 Lea & Sandeman

Think tobacco and a rich, savoury style

M&S Thymiopoulos Xinomavro 2011 Greece. £10.49

Gorgeous briar fruit and spice aromas

Aldi Exquisite Collection Uco Valley Malbec. £5.99

Round berry depth with a jot of spice

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Farge Saint Joseph Terre de Granit 2011, France (12.5%, £19.50, Swig)

gloriously perfumed and satisfying Rhone syrah

A Fistful of Schist Shiraz Cinsault Mourvedre, South Africa (14.5%, £6.50, Wine Society)

fruity, gruff red, with the tarriness and spice you’d expect

Balnaves Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (14.5%, £24, Morrisons Cellar)

Strong, narrow and long, like a tunnel through a mountain


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